Amanda Hunt

Amanda Hunt is a poet and environmental scientist from Rotorua. Her work has been published in Landfall, Takahē, Mimicry, Poetry NZ, Ngā Kupu Waikato and more. She has been commended in several New Zealand Poetry Society competitions. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.

“Whimbrels” was written after her first sighting of these extraordinary birds, while working at the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre on the Firth of Thames.

 


Whimbrels

sun-stunned
fat as melons

six-pack of barrels
stacked in a row

ice cream scoops
propped on crops

high tide siesta
on half-asleep eyes

overstuffed parcels
streamlined as turkeys

awaiting improbable
air mail to China.